Pet Dander

Cat Dander And Dog Dander Are The Most Common Types Of Pet Dander That We Come In Contact With

 Pet dander is dry skin flakes that our pets continually shed. This dander then becomes airborne as our pets move about our homes and clean themselves. Pet dander also becomes airborne when we pet and groom our animals. It is the protein of this dander that we have allergic reactions to.

Some people think that allergic reactions will be worse with long haired pets but this is not the case. The severity of your allergic reaction to cat dander and dog dander depends only on the potency of the pet dander itself, which can vary even among litter mates.

Cat dander allergy is more common than dog dander allergies because they are more popular pets and produce potent Allergens.

All animals are sources of pet dander, not just dogs and cats. Rabbits, Ferrets, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Gerbils and even Birds are sources of pet dander.

Although most of these pets are kept in cages they are still sources of pet dander. The dander produced by these pets is often easier to control by operating an air purifier with a hepa air filter in the room where these pets are kept.

Electronic Air Filters and Electrostatic Air Filters installed in your central heating or cooling systems are also very helpful in keeping pet dander and other Allergens below levels where they cause allergic reactions.

5 – 10 percent of the population has allergic reactions to pet dander. These allergic reactions to pet dander can range from very mild to severe and develop within minutes after exposure.

There Are Some Things That You Can Do To Control Or Manage Your Allergic Reactions To Pet Dander Such As

Install an efficient Furnace Filter or Air Conditioner Filter and maintain it for maximum efficiency.

Use Humidifiers or Dehumidifiers to maintain proper humidity levels of 30 – 50 percent in your home. Drier air makes it easier for biological contaminants such as dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and bacteria to become air borne. High humidity promotes the growth of mold and mildew.

Air purifiers can also be used in your home if only certain areas, such as your bedroom seam to be a problem.

Frequent vacuuming with a vacuum cleaner that uses a hepa filter will help keep pet dander under control.

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